The 1925 Washington Senators won 96 games, lost 55, and finished in first place in the American League by a comfortable 8.5-game margin over the Philadelphia Athletics. Fueled by the excitement of winning their second AL pennant, the defending World Champion Senators led 3 games to 1 the World Series before succumbing to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Senators finished second in the American League with a .303 average and had a league-high 140 stolen bases. Washington’s top homerun hitter Goose Goslin hit 18 for the season, while leading the league in triples with 20 to go with 34 doubles and a .334 average. He also stole 26 bases and knocked in 113 runs. Joining him in the outfield was Sam Rice, another future Hall of Famer, who hit.350 with 227 hits.

Joe Judge assumed the title as the top defensive first baseman in the league and was a .314 hitter with line drive power. Player/manager Bucky Harris was one of the better defensive second baseman in the league and third baseman Ossie Bluege was seen as the closest thing to Pittsburgh Pirates's star Pie Traynor the American League could offer in defending the hot corner. Roger Peckinpaugh was a strong defensive shortstop whose glove and clutch hitting had earned him the AL’s MVP award. Washington had two .300 hitting catchers in Muddy Ruel (.310) and Hank Severied (.355 in 110 at bats for Washington after hitting .367 in one less AB for the Browns).

On the mound. Lefthanded National League retread Dutch Ruether surprised with an 18-7 mark. Righthanders Walter Johnson and Stanley Covaleski combined for 40 wins. While The Big Train was now 37, he could still master a game as evidenced by his 20-7 record and 3.07 ERA in a league where the average pitcher allowed over four runs per game. Covaleski, a spitballer, actually had a bigger year than Johnson. Obtained from Cleveland after a mediocre 15-16 mark in 1924, the former coal miner had come back to lead the league in ERA at 2.84 and his 20-5 record was the best in the junior circuit. Additionally, Firpo Marberry, one of the game’s first star relief pitchers, was 8-6 and tied his own Major League record with 15 "unofficial" saves in 55 games.

By Pirates Encyclopedia
1925 World Series, Bucky Harris, Firpo Marberry, Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Philadelphia Athletics, Pie Traynor, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roger Peckinpaugh, Sam Rice, Walter Johnson, Washington Senators


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